Atlantis - The Lost Empire
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The first Disney cartoon to be produced in the 70 mm format since The Black Cauldron (1985), this blend of traditional animation with computer-generated imagery is a straight adventure tale of the Jules Verne school, eschewing the studio's typical formula of cute critters mixed with song-and-dance routines. Michael J. Fox is the voice of Milo Thatch, a lowly museum employee and linguist in the early 20th century who's determined to continue his late grandfather's search for the lost, sunken empire of Atlantis. Bankrolled by eccentric millionaire Preston Whitmore (John Mahoney),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Visually imaginative and even persuasively spiritual, this animated adventure has some unusually complex villains and heroes, and some of the plot and dialogue transcends what's typical in movies intended for a broad or youthful audience."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Atlantis is good, and kids will love it, but it doesn't achieve greatness."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Not all the dots connect in this 2001 feature, and the reliance on stereotypes becomes a bit annoying, but it's still as rousing in animation as it might have been as a summer blockbuster."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Disney's animators once again go under the sea, this time to discover the lost city of Atlantis. Shame they didn't find an engaging plot while they were down there."
‑ , Film4
"A fun action-packed fantasy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This blandly conceived and executed attempt at a juve-style Indiana Jones with Jules Verne trappings recycles familiar adventure and cartoon devices with minimal wit and flair."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A new-fashioned but old-fangled hash."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It's too rich with invention and characterization, too packed with juice, and it gallops right along breathlessly. Even so, it manages moments of lyricism and visual elegance."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Entertaining but intense adventure for tweens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"By all means bring the kids to this one -- and sit back to enjoy the ride in Adventureland."
‑ Kit Bowen,
"It's probably the most grown-up animated feature Disney has produced, and with its attuned vocal performances, elegant design and pulse-quickening finale, it sets a standard of sustained craftsmanship most live-action film-makers must envy."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The characters and story are mere narrative lubricant to get us from one digitally goosed sensory assault to the next."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"...a passable Disney endeavor that ranks somewhere in the middle of the studio's animation canon."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It is difficult to say whether its greatest failure is in its story, its characters, or its animation."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Disney does animated adventure with this colorful, mostly brisk 1914 search for the legendary missing empire."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
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